Many people love the excitement of exploring new places. I do too, but what I love most is coming back to a place I have already visited ten, twenty, or a hundred times before. This is obvious from my repeated photographs of the two cairns on Skipton Moor, but that is not the only place in Skipton I keep coming back to. I don’t get to go home too often now that I’m starting a placement, but when I do get the chance I make sure to visit the woods.

At the end of that walk I come to Chapel Hill, and on that hill sits a lonely tree. I first photographed it in December of 2016. Over half a year has passed since then. The tree now bears leaves, but its form remains unchanged.

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Chapel Hill Tree, #03

The tree leans on the landscape, and, like many trees, it has a certain character to it. This image is one of isolation, with the black form of the tree standing alone against a dramatic midday sky.  By visiting this tree again and again, I get to know it better and better, and the landscape rewards me for my efforts.

Tree at Hooton Levitt (Colour)

On a whim I decided to try processing Tree at Hooton Levitt (see this post) for colour, bringing out the golden glow of the setting sun reflecting off the sky, and making the silhouette of the tree in the foreground stand out. While I still like the black and white original, I’d be interested to see what other people think to this version, and whether anyone has a preference either way!

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Tree at Hooton Levitt (Colour)